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During the American Civil War fought between the years 1861 - 1865, over

600,000 soldiers from the South died, but a heartfelt prayer that survived

was the Prayer of the Unknown Confederate Soldier, a soldier¡¦s unrequited but

unsurpassed prayer:

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey...

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,

I was given infirmity that I might do better things...

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,

I was given poverty that I might be wise...

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God...

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things...

I got nothing that I asked for- but everything I hoped for,

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all men, most richly blessed.

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